Candles for Faust is a sound and video installation artwork produced for a silent storefront installation at the in/flux gallery, 307 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore. The work will be on view from November 5 – 19, 2011.
Candles for Faust portrays candles, burning at both ends, that eventually extinguish themselves and fall from sight. Stereo recordings were produced of the drumming sound of dripping wax falling on printmaking paper. I imagined the candles as “musical instruments” producing unique and chaotic drum patterns. As the candles attempted to reach equilibrium, teetering back and forth, they tattooed a pattern of wax scatter on the paper below. The resulting wax splashed detritus exists on the surface of the prints as a record of time and residue of the beating wax drummer, long extinguished.
The video presented here is a condensed version of one candle seeking equilibrium. The typical lifespan of the candles ranged from 9 and 11 minutes. The work may also be presented accompanied by sound and prints.